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Slumping Josh Willingham out of Wednesday lineup
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is getting the afternoon off Wednesday against the visiting Indians.

Willingham slammed the game-winning home run in the first game of the series before going hitless Tuesday. He has just seven hits in his last 54 at-bats.

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Kurt Suzuki catching a break against Indians
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Hot-hitting Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is set to sit Wednesday afternoon against Cleveland. Eric Fryer will take his place.

Suzuki has hit safely in eight of the last nine games in which he was credited with an at-bat.

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Aaron Hill finally getting 'freed up' at the plate
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill blames his poor first-half production on putting too much pressure on himself, according to The Arizona Republic.

"I love what I do. I'm very passionate about what I do," Hill said. "When I don't do things the way I should be doing things, I do get a little upset. That's just because I know I'm better and I expect a lot out of myself. That has hurt me this year a little bit, looking too much into it."

Hill, though, seems to be finally turning the corner offensively. He's hit safely in seven straight games, which includes two home runs and three doubles in that span.

"He looks more relaxed at the plate," hitting coach Turner Ward said. "He looks more freed up. He's taking more of those pitches and taking them to right, and that's what's going to get him back to the other side."

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Report: Eric Hosmer won't play Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer appears destined to miss his third straight game Wednesday against the White Sox. Ned Yost had doubted he would play at all in the series, according to the Kansas City Star.

Hosmer, who has been out since getting hit in the hand by a Jon Lester pitch Sunday, owns a 16-game hitting streak in which he has hit .413.

"If it was just pain, I could tolerate it," Hosmer said. "But when I grip it and try to use max strength, it just shuts down."

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Zack Cozart absent from lineup day after hurting hand
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Reds shortstop Zack Cozart was absent from the starting lineup Wednesday at Milwaukee after leaving Tuesday's game due to a hand injury. Ramon Santiago took Cozart's place in the lineup Wednesday.

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Albert Almora promoted to Double-A
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora has been promoted from Class A Daytona to Double-A Tennessee. Almora is considered the Cubs' fourth-best prospect by MLB.com.

Almora hit .283 with a .306 on-base percentage, .406 slugging percentage and .712 OPS in the hitter-friendly Florida State League. He totaled two triples, seven home runs, 20 doubles, 50 RBI, 55 runs and six stolen bases in 89 games. 

He was much improved in the second half of the season, batting .354 with two triples, five home runs, seven doubles, 20 RBI and 27 runs in 30 games after the FSL All-Star break.

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Corey Dickerson stays on two-hit run Tuesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson has been on a two-hit tear recently - and it continued Tuesday night. He slammed two hits in a loss to Washington.

What he had not done during that stretch was go deep. He launched a 433-foot solo homer in the fifth inning to give his team a short-lived 4-2 lead and now owns an impressive stat line of .332/.398/.584.

Dickerson has two hits in four of his last seven games.

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Jorge Soler earns much-deserved promotion to Triple-A
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Cubs promoted outfield prospect Jorge Soler from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa. Soler is considered the team's sixth-best prospect by MLB.com.

Soler has only played in 29 games this season -- 22 with Tennessee -- due to a hamstring injury. But he hit .415 with a .494 on-base percentage, .862 slugging percentage and 1.355 OPS with Tennessee. He also had one triple, six home runs, nine doubles and 22 RBI.

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Yan Gomes catching a break in Target Field
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

An afternoon game after a night game has Indians catcher Yan Gomes out of the Wednesday lineup in Minnesota. Roberto Perez is set to crouch behind the plate in his absence.

Gomes has been on a roll. He has 11 hits in his last 21 at-bats with two home runs and six RBI.

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Indians not ready to promote Francisco Lindor
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

If Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera needs a stint on the disabled list due to a back injury, the team will not promote top prospect Francisco Lindor to replace him on the roster, according to The Plain Dealer. Lindor was just promoted to Triple-A Akron Monday.

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